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Polymers and soft materials news, March 2019

A new dual-polymer hydrogel able to respond dynamically to its environment could find use in a variety of ‘soft robotic’ and biomedical applications.

Researchers have used machine learning to create molecular models for faster screening of materials such as organic electronics.

‘living glue’ inspired by marine organisms like barnacles and mussels works underwater or in highly damp or humid conditions

Sensitive, see-through electronic skin for underwater touch screen

A novel type of polymer can alter its thermal conductivity by switching between a crystalline state and a liquid state in response to light.

A polymer composite containing graphene and nanoparticles can produce a more stable solid-electrolyte interphase in lithium metal batteries.

underbelly of lobsters could hold clue to developing a tough, strong and flexible material for body armor and other applications

Acoustic metamaterial structure blocks 94% of sound

Researchers have discovered that a high-strength polymer called PBDT has a rare double-helix structure.

The twist angle between layers of 2D semiconductors provides a ‘tuning knob’ to turn them into an exotic quantum material.

Researchers used machine learning to simulate the quantum mechanics analysis of two capacitor materials, greatly speeding up the process.

Researchers have developed a novel fiber comprising a gallium metal core surrounded by an elastic polymer sheath that is both strong and tough.

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